Winhawk wide receiver Austin Mlynczak (#84) cleared the fog with a 25-yard pass on Friday night.
Winhawk kicker Bryan Cassellius (#11) was one for two in extra points.
by BEN MCLEOD
There was no fear on Friday the 13th for the Winhawks, who took the foggy field and easily terrified the Red Wing Wingers for a 56-8 win, placing them at the top of the district. This pits the #1 Winhawks against Austin this week, as they near the climax of the season.
Terrell Hall (#4) captured the most attention on Friday. The junior set the tone in the first quarter, turning two returns into touchdowns, the first for 67 yards and the second for a crowd-rousing 84 before running in a direct snap for another 50-yard touchdown.
But the Winhawks aren’t a one-man show. With 29-0 on the board, #10 senior quarterback Riley Bosteter added a 20-yard touchdown. Jonah Boelter (#16), not content to sack the Winger quarterback for a safety, tacked on a one-yard touchdown. Trevor Pomeroy’s (#22) 11-yard run and a 25-yard pass by #32 Dakota Matthees put the Winhawks at a solid 50-0. Red Wing got on the board with a five-yard touchdown in the second quarter, but the climb was too steep.
Winona’s defense prevented much Winger progress. Sam Kanne (#18) and #67 Bryce Heftman led with three tackles each, giving Kanne seven and Heftman five for the season. Kanne (#18) seemed to be in the middle of every mob on Friday night, frustrating Red Wing’s offense. As the fog thickened and fell, Red Wing let the clock run out for a conclusive 56-8.
Some injuries on Friday may affect the Winhawk playoff roster, particularly among defensive players. Bryce Heftman (#67) limped off the field in the second period, and Cole Reinardy (#20) took a hit in the third. Head coach John Cassellius says it’s too soon to say how serious any of the injuries may be. A couple of players need check-ups, he said, but he has confidence “that the next guy will step up.” He’s got faith in his team. “It’s week seven, there’s no surprises” on his bench. Cassellius plans to hold out for health, hoping to enter the playoffs without looming injuries.
The first-place Winhawks play the second-place Austin Packers on Wednesday, October 18, at 7 p.m. at home at Paul Giel Field.